Chart Rewind: Tina Turner Classic ‘The Best’ Hit Its Hot 100 Peak This Week in 1989

Published: Friday 1st Nov 2019 by Rashad

Readers of That Grape Juice know what avid music lovers we are – especially of hits past.

So, as our retrospective features ‘From the Vault’ and ‘TGJ Replay’  allow us the chance to re-spin the gems and jams of yesterday of one artist, our newest feature Chart Rewind – a variation of our current Retro Rewind assay – accedes salutes to an entire era of music history.

Although 1984’s ‘Private Dancer’ was hailed as one of the 80’s biggest successes (and one of the most celebrated comebacks of all time), its residual impact waned for every album that followed.  Indeed, its follow-up, 1986’s ‘Break Every Rule,’ saw the Queen rule charts of multiple European countries, but it peaked at #4 in her native United States and lost steam after a Platinum certification.

A few live albums and specialty projects later, Turner followed with her seventh studio album – ‘Foreign Affair.’  It would prove itself aptly titled as it continued the trend of seeing her projects enjoy higher success abroad than in her home turf.  The set’s crowning glory came courtesy of its kick-off single, 1989’s ‘The Best.’  A remake of ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ hitmaker Bonnie Tyler (who released the song just a year prior), Tina turned the tune from Rock love song to anthem.

Blessed with the then-49-year-old’s signature wail, the revamp – which lists Turner as producer alongside singer-songwriter Dan Hartman – not only outshone the first incarnate in packaging but also in commercial performance.  Peaking at #15 this week in 1989, ‘Best’ – despite the absence of Grammy nomination or RIAA certification – would go on to join the singer’s most memorable hits from her prized discography.

From where we and most of her fans stand, the song might as well be an “ode to self” because she is…simply the best. Look below to see who joined the Queen in the top 25 this week 30 years ago:


Hot 100 This Week in 1989

Hot 100 This Week

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  1. Madame slay November 2, 2019

    Senorita staying strong at number 3 after hitting number one
    Camila come thru

    Some people can not relate.

    • Oh plz November 2, 2019

      Your wack ass shade is getting redundant and tired, troll. If you’re going to persistently troll, at least come with some new and fresh s***.

    • del November 3, 2019

      cant relate or people that dislike her ear bleeding vocals

  2. Oh plz November 2, 2019

    Love love love the legendary Tina Turner…a rock star pioneer! “The Best” is on continuous rotation in my music library. Basic, boring bishes like Camilla C should take note.

    • Clarkson November 2, 2019

      Tina and Camila are both queens with number 1’s who have performed at the Grammys. God bless both queens

      Normani can not relate .
      Zero number 1 songs,
      never performed at the Grammys,
      never been nominated for a Grammy,
      never attended the Grammys. They dont invite flops.

  3. Fancy BISH November 2, 2019

    Do I even have to say anything at this point? LMAO, you see the older chart vs the newer one! Stop acting like you don’t! ? I know what the #1 song and album of 1989 were and I know the end of year Top 10…and compared to this year, it is freaking hilarious ? Get your Instagram likes all day, but I’d rather have music I can listen to for more than a hot week or two…and that’s not even shade, I will name names if need be! Like my girl Tina said, simply The BEST ??

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